The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is seeking candidates for the role of Research Associate. The Belfer Center is the hub for Harvard University's research, teaching, and training in international security affairs. In 2019, it was ranked the world's #1 university-affiliated think-tank for the sixth year in a row.
The Research Associate supports Graham Allison, the Douglas Dillon Professor of Government at the Harvard Kennedy School, in supervising the collaborative activities of a small research team and conducting in-depth research on topics such as US foreign policy and strategy; China; defense and intelligence policy; global nuclear security and nonproliferation; and a range of other major international security issues. The Associate serves as the central node for all research content produced by Professor Allison's team and plays a leading role in developing research products, including policy memos, op-eds, journal articles, and book projects.
Additional Information: This is a benefits eligible term appointment ending one year from date of hire, with possibility of renewal.
Applicants must be legally authorized to work in US.
To Apply: All applicants must submit their resume and cover letter through the Harvard employment website at: www.hr.harvard.edu/jobs.
(1) Cover letter of 300 words or less (2) One-page résumé (3) Official or unofficial transcript PDF (4) Analytic writing sample of 20 pages or less (5) Names and contact information for three references (At least one reference should be able to address candidate's managerial skills)
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Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Master's degree in public administration, public policy, political science, or a closely related field.
Experience in a managerial role and a minimum of 2-3 years related work experience performing research (quantitative or qualitative).
Candidates must have significant knowledge of, and interest in, current international security issues; proficiency in statistical and quantitative methods; and excellent research, writing, editing, and communication skills. Knowledge of China is a plus, but not required.
Candidates should be mature self-starters with sound judgment, have the capacity to work with a wide range of individuals, and ability to manage a variety of tasks/research projects simultaneously.
Prior experience in an academic or think-tank setting is a plus.
Ability to plan and execute a project with attention to detail.
Excellent written communication skills with ability to conduct research using multiple methods.
Experience with organizing small and medium-sized events, from scoping participants to organizing travel to helping to define structure and outcomes.
Comfort with presenting in front of a range of actors, including journalists, civil society, government, tech industry, and academia.
Working understanding of the current state of online manipulation and disinformation, and how different groups and individuals use technology to influence public conversation.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 48509BR
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